Libby O. Cohen Library
Welcome to the Libby O. Cohen Library, a vital center of the Tandem Friends School community.
The library holds approximately 6,000 titles of research, reference, and video materials, and works of fiction for Middle School and Upper School students. The collection supports the curriculum as well as provides for research and recreational reading. The library actively supports research, both print and electronic, in all grades, from 5th grade “Passion Projects” to Senior Projects. The library also promotes recreational reading through a Middle School reading program modeled after the Battle of the Books. Books are cataloged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System
The library offers an online catalog, research databases, and Internet access. Students can search the UVA Library catalog and the local Jefferson-Madison Libraries catalog for additional resources. Four computers in the library serve students’ research and writing needs. The library is located adjacent to one of the school’s computer labs with eighteen additional computers. The library website provides access to electronic encyclopedias and other reference resources, as well as the full text of over 3,000 newspaper and periodical articles through subscription databases. Library web pages also offer a research center designed to support students in the research process and guide them in the selection and use of Internet sites pertinent to the curriculum.
The librarian is available at all times to assist individual students with library use and research.
The Libby O. Cohen Library at Tandem Friends School seeks to ensure that all students develop the skills that they need to become thoughtful and effective users of ideas and information. The library provides learning opportunities, instruction, and instructional materials appropriate to each student’s needs. The library is committed to providing support to the curriculum, enhancement of classroom activities, opportunities for recreational reading, and an environment that promotes responsible scholarship and citizenship. The library program has as its goal the development of lifelong learners and library users.
In 1971, Tandem Friends School hired its first professional librarian, Libby Okun Cohen, who began building the collection and shaping the library program. Until 1986, Libby Cohen served as the school’s professional, dedicated, and energetic librarian. Under her watchful eye, the library became the central focus of the academic and cultural life of the school. When Libby left Tandem Friends in 1986, the library was officially named the Libby O. Cohen Library.
The library enjoys a central location on campus on the top floor of the Math/Science Building with a beautiful view of Carter's Mountain
The librarian is Barbara Studholme. Barbara holds an MLS degree from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science and an MA in French from Indiana University. Barbara’s library experience includes research and reference librarianship at the National Geographic Society.
The library is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all school days.
The library telephone number is 434-296-1303, ext. 339.